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2014 Domaine du Bel Air "Grand Mont" Bourgueil

SKU #1444086 94 points Vinous

Outer quote mark From 70-year-old vines. Garnet-colored. Complex, gorgeous nose of earthy, damp clay aromas at first, then lovely fresh blueberry and blackberry emerge, then a touch of black pepper and smoke. Lush, ripe blue and black fruit on the palate, which is wonderfully fresh, presenting a precise, stony backbone, underlying spice and elegant tannins and a lengthy finish. You’d pay four or five times the price for a Bordeaux of this caliber. (JW) Inner quote mark (7/2020)

K&L Notes

From Ian Cauble, MS: "Grand Mont" is the premier bottle at Domaine du Bel Air, unanimously considered to be the very top producer of the appellation. Sourced from organically farmed, 70+-year-old vines and crafted with the utmost tradition before two judicious years of aging in Bel Air’s underground limestone cellars, "Grand Mont" could easily be mistaken in a blind tasting for classically styled, high-priced benchmarks from Bordeaux or the Loire Valley. The Gauthiers have been crafting wine in the town of Benais for five generations, but the large majority of it has happened behind closed doors: They were consuming their own wine and privately doling out small allocations to friends, family, and local spots up until 1970, when they finally allowed an importer to represent them. The late, great Didier Dagueneau also had his hand in catapulting them to fame, directing inquiring clients to their idyllic estate. The man in charge of this daunting private-to-commercial transition was Pierre Gauthier and today he and his son, Rodolphe, are jointly in charge of operations. While they were expanding, Pierre also made the decision to start farming as naturally as possible and by the year 2000, they were Certified Organic.

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